In this issue:THE TALK OF THE TOWN
"Brown Baggers", by Lauren Collins: Brown-bagging on Fifth Avenue.
"Retrial", by Lizzie Widdicomb: Shakespeare's Shylock gets an appeal.LETTER FROM JAPAN
"I [heart] Novels", by Dana Goodyear: Cellular-age literature.FICTION
"Another Manhattan", by Donald AntrimON TELEVISION
"Intimate Persuasion", by Nancy Franklin: Talk shows from Elvis Costello and William Shatner.POEMS
"Greetings, Friends!", by Roger Angell
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